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spinal fusion

hello I had a Herrington  rod placed into my spine back in the 90s and had it removed about 2 years later due to complicated issues I'm now a 44 year old women and I'm losing  feelings on the right side of my body neck arm and legs . I have been approved for a spinal stimulator that will only help the lower part of my spine from my lumbar down . what can I use to help with my upper part of my body neck and arm I have had 2 neck injections  but they did not work my neck is totally fused I can barely turn my head . I feel like I'm all out of options I have tried every thing I'm over pain medications can you please help me 



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  • wow you have been through a lot, I am sorry to here your in so much pain now, how much of your spine is fussed, my neck has a bi lv fussion and my spine is from t9 to s2, so I understand not being able to move head a lot also the body. I am not a doctor but I would ask him about other option, I don't know if its too late for decompression surgery or not. there is lot of good info here, best I can say is start recharching and know we are here to support you in any way that we can

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  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,398

    hi soteria,

    you need to talk with your doctor and find out why you are losing the sensation/feeling.  imaging like an MRI and CTs can show if there's any stenosis (narrowing of the canal the cord is in) or if there's scar tissue or adhesions or something that is pulling on nerves or something.  once you know what is causing it then they can figure out how to help/fix it.  i'm sorry this is happening, and that you are having troubles again, but keep pushing the doctors for finding out what is happening. 

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    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

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